Aunt Flow Pays a Visit, 1959

I was in a hospital room, alone. A few minutes earlier, a nurse had come into my room to prep me for an emergency appendectomy. I was uncerimoniously ordered to “spread my legs” as I was being “catheterized” (a term I did not understand, but found to be painfully humiliating, physically and emotionally). Minutes later, I felt a warm, stickiness between my legs. I touched my inner thighs, and my fingers revealed blood! I knew then with utter certainty that the nurse had killed me. I was fourteen. It was 1959. Obviously, I’ve never forgotten it.

Helma Reynolds, Germany

Helma came to America as a refugee in 1951 at the age of six.

9 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Makenzie

    lol thats hillarious ( the nurse killed me part)
    i wanna kno if they were still able to go through with the operation?

    August 20th, 2009

  2. Tae

    lol. funny. the nurse killed me.

    September 1st, 2009

  3. i couldn`t have lived that one through

    September 8th, 2009

  4. Tabitha

    Whats an appendecomy??

    Hannah Reply:

    its an operation to get ur appendix taken out. i had one last year because my appendix burst.

    September 30th, 2009

  5. Alaina

    omg your were 6??? woow thats pretty young!

    Sapphy Reply:

    No, she came to the U.S. when she was 6 years old. She was 14 when she got her period.

    October 10th, 2009

  6. Erin

    So hilarious.
    That must have been terrifying though.

    December 21st, 2009

  7. Aidan


    February 25th, 2010